Comic Book Movie
Does the world really need Superman? Why would the world feel a need for Batman? Does Zack Snyder’s new interpretation do justice to developing the images of either of these idols of citizen worship?
In truth, I believe Mr. Snyder shows zero sense of what to communicate about our matters of worship in a single deity, no matter how intentional his attempts.
He starts with a dramatically overdone opening of Bruce Wayne as a child fleeing from his parents’ funeral while remembering their deaths. He falls into a forest pit where hundreds of bats either carry him out or help him to float out, a scene I’m guessing is meant to be open to interpretation. The very next event we see of Bruce’s life is ironically where Man of Steel had ended: right within the battle between Superman and General Zod. It takes you through Bruce’s perspective of the destruction, and how he rescues a little girl whose mother was just killed in the mayhem. It’s a savior figure of September 11th proportions, but the screenwriters Chris Terrio (Argo) and David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) had no sense of structure to plot Bruce’s growth into Batman.
Then Lois Lane goes to Africa to track a crime organization, a racially insensitive and unnecessary subplot if anything. Then Lex Luthor investigates the remaints of Krypton through explorations in the Indian Ocean, in order to gain world domination as the devil overthrowing Metropolis‘ god. Then Clark Kent looks upon Metropolis‘ criticism toward him, all questioning if he deserves the honor as he has let several people die. I will admit, their responses are shockingly realistic to how the world would react to a Superman, but when aligned with the film‘s three plus other subplots, this philosophy lacks its intended purpose.
Batman has also failed as a messiah for the people, yet in a different level of failure as he never even earns your respect and empathy to begin with. He always burns his bat emblem into the criminals he stops, and shoots soldiers dead in the broad daylight of Africa like some killer. Definitely not the Batman we‘ve come to hope for. But eventually, he and Superman had to meet through Lex Luthor’s dinner party, forming a connection as they were both presumably responsible for the deaths of their families. Then Lex tests Superman’s godliness by forcing him to kill the Batman in order to save the life of his mother. This battle between god and man sounds promising as you’ve just read in the film’s title, yet the promised battle composes of the same blasting through walls and heavy punches mindlessly tossed around in Man of Steel.
It may not all be director Zack Snyder’s fault for creating a jumbled mess of a social message. The greatest blame of the tremendous lack of passion belongs to the atrocious miscasting. Ben Affleck is a sheer bore as Batman, backed with no motivation nor grief. Jesse Eisenberg is the last one I would want to play the nemesis who seeks world domination. He looks more threatened than threatening with his amateurish, high pitched speech of a college know-it-all who’s trying to act like a jock. There are also several random uncomfortable moments of actors Henry Cavill and Amy Adams appearing semi-nude on screen for the sake of it, but it’s ultimately Mr. Eisenberg who will make you feel most embarrassed.
I don’t see any hope that the future Justice League or Wonder Woman movies will continue what Zack Snyder is supposedly starting. Mr. Snyder, I understand your proper motives to attempt a message of belief in a false deity through these famous figures of American culture, but you also ought to listen to what the people of your Metropolis are saying about Batman and Superman’s lack of heroism. It’s time to listen to the people.
Here is an example of a movie that had so much potential to be incredible but completely blew that chance.
I mean, think about it: Batman and Superman finally get to appear on screen together, fighting to the death. Who wouldn’t want to see that? On the plus side, the film is loaded with social commentary on how the people of a contemporary culture view a deity. So why did it instead result in a confused, jumbled mess?
Because it tries to fit in with what’s popular in today’s society, putting business over art.
Since the Marvel Cinematic Universe is so successful, DC Comics decided to establish its own universe, making it dark and gritty, like Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. Since political correctness is such a heavy subject in the media, DC decided to make their movies all about communicating an important social message about a deity that different people seek after. Even the title itself is a cash in on the popularity of the intended cinematic universe: Batman, Superman, and the Justice League (hence, “Dawn of Justice”).
It doesn’t stop with this movie either. Rumors surfaced that while Suicide Squad was in post-production, the producers saw the success of Deadpool, and decided to make their movie more successful by reshooting scenes to give the film a more goofy and light-hearted feel like Fox’s foul-mouthed antihero. The director has disproved this rumor, but just take a look at the first Suicide Squad trailer (top-left), then compare its tone to the latter three trailers:
We hear all the time of a movie that was just imitating another popular movie, and the movie as a result gets panned by critics and forgotten a week after its release. The same goes for people: anyone who tries to imitate what made another person respected is frowned upon for being a copy-cat.
It can be rather tempting as well for somebody with autism to want to be somebody else, mimicking what others do in order to gain that desired amount of attention.
Six-Word Lessons on Female Asperger Syndrome, Lesson #16: Girls Can Be Mighty Fine Actresses.
While yes, girls can be great at imitating somebody else, men with autism too have that capacity to follow anyone who has what he wants. When I was in high school, I was desperate to feel a part of a social group with people that accepted me like anybody else. I would follow in with what they did such as following them everywhere and making the same types of jokes they were making, no matter how inappropriate they were.
The result? Trying to fit in with the crowd was doing more harm than good, as it made me look much less sensitive and much more desperate for attention. It wasn’t until I was in college when I realized that the best way to earn friends is by being a good friend.
Looking around, people everywhere, whether autistic or not, are doing far more than I did to win public attention. A boy in grade school could try to get all the same toys or video games that everyone in his class wouldn’t stop talking about. A girl in middle school could wear the same types of clothes and put on the same type of makeup worn by all the popular girls. A kid in high school could play the “class clown” card to make the other students notice him.
It doesn’t stop with kids. Somebody on a dating website could set up a phony profile meant to look like somebody who’s already gaining a lot of attention. A business could try to follow the same type of marketing that a more successful business utilizes. A politician could say only what the people want to hear in order to earn their vote. Imitators are everywhere.
I learned through much trial and error that blending in with the crowd and guessing at what people want to see does not earn you the respect you’re wanting. It doesn’t work with movies like Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and it won’t work with you either. With my movie reviews, I realized that writing my reviews to be like the experts’ wasn’t helping me to gain enough attention. I decided to make a change in my blog by specializing in what I do best: teach others what it means to be autistic. That way, by being myself, and utilizing what makes me unique, I stand out from the crowd, and it’s easier to earn my respect. In addition, I am using what makes me different to not only gain respect, but help others in need.
- Think about a movie that stood out to you by how different it was. Why did it leave such a profound impression on you? Apply that to yourself. Don’t be like one of those quickly forgotten imitators. Be that one movie everyone notices for its genuineness.
- If you have autism, don’t try to guess at what people want to see from you. If they are uncomfortable with your social incapacities, forget about them. They’re not worth the trouble. The right friends will love you and accept you for who you are.
- Be different! Stand out with who you are! No one will remember you if they see you as “that type of guy.” Remember what Dr. Seuss said: “Today you are you. That is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.”
If there is a specific movie you’d like to see reviewed, please email me at Trevor@TrevorsViewOnHollywood.com for your recommendations.
Have a great weekend, and happy watching!
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